County council broke its promise over tree felling

April 11, 2009 3:12 PM
Nichola Harrison

Cllr Nichola Harrison

Cambridgeshire County Council broke its promise to the city when it felled trees on the station forecourt without prior warning.

Contractors moved in and cut down the trees using powers granted under the Cambridgeshire Guided Bus Order following a public inquiry.

But the Tory-controlled county council had promised Cambridge City Council that, before work started, prior notice of the removal date for the trees would be given to the city.

Petersfield County Councillor Nichola Harrison said: "This is unacceptable. We have to be able to work with the County Council on these matters and trust that they will follow through on the promises they make; in this case they clearly did not.

"Residents and users of the station were appalled that the trees should be removed with no explanation or publicity whatsoever, and puzzled as to the manner of the tree felling, leaving large ugly stumps. We will be raising the matter with the county council to ensure this does not become a pattern for the future."

Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Change and Growth, Sian Reid, said: "Although the city council knew this work would take place, contractors were sent in without prior warning and that should never have happened.

"Cambridge people have a right to know what is going on in their city and in this case the County Council operated without having the courtesy to give them notice. This is not acceptable practice."

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